Mike Shinoda was not only a founding member of Linkin Park, but he was also a vocalist, their rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, primary songwriter, and producer. And although he’s of Japanese-American heritage, he’s also a distant relative of—get this Tchaikovsky. There’s more, too.
He’s got a bachelor’s degree in illustration, is a former graphic designer, runs a label called Machine Shop Records, and has a charitable organization called Music for Relief. Since 2005, Music for Relief has raised nearly $10 million for the victims of earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and hurricanes.
What else might he want to do? Mike loves politics and even worked as an election correspondent for a UK magazine.
We talked about the band Jet yesterday.